Oct. 2, 2018

CONTACT:    Dr. Kristina Drumheller, 806-651-2417, kdrumheller@wtamu.edu         

Rare Documents, Demonstrations Planned for WT Remnant Trust Presentation


CANYON, Texas—A panel of science faculty at West Texas A&M University will present “Science Through the Ages: Ethics, Astronomy and Matter” relating to rare texts from The Remnant Trust at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall.

Panelists are Dr. Cathy Clewett, associate professor of physics, Dr. David Craig, associate professor of physics, and Dr. Nick Flynn, professor and Ross Wilson chair of biochemistry. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Matthew Reardon, assistant professor of history. Several rare documents will be on site along with live demonstrations, telescopes, home brew and nitrogen frozen ice cream.

The Remnant Trust is a public educational foundation that shares its rare books and documents with colleges, universities and other organizations. Students and the public are encouraged to touch, feel and read these original works. The Remnant Trust has loaned 20 documents related to the history of science to WTAMU so students, faculty, staff and visitors can experience these early documents for themselves through Oct. 19.

“This is the Department of History’s second year to host The Remnant Trust at West Texas A&M University, and we are excited to partner with the natural sciences this year” Dr. Byron Pearson, professor of history, said.

The panelists chose the books and documents for this year’s theme. Books written by Galileo Galilei, Francis Bacon, Nicolaus Copernicus, Plato and Isaac Newton are among the selections available.

“The texts that I selected provide an excellent background to the history of science,” Flynn said. “These books cover close to 300 years in regard to publication dates and over 2000 years in regard to dates of birth of the original contributors.”

The Department of History at West Texas A&M University will partner with other departments on campus to bring different volumes commemorating historical moments and achievements. The fall 2019 will feature texts from the Treaty of Versailles, and 2020 will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

The Remnant Trust documents are currently housed at the Museum of Texas Tech University.



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